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Parents Newsletter, October 2011

Dear Parents

Dear Parents,

"Wow!" was how President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., reacted to the fabulous Inauguration Ceremony on Sunday, September 25. I’ll add my "wow!" in response to Inauguration Weekend, which included our traditional Homecoming & Family Weekend events and brought 3,100 people to campus.From start to finish, I met hundreds of parents who were enjoying campus activities with their students. It’s not too soon to mark your calendar for October 19-21, 2012, to celebrate Homecoming & Family Weekend 2012!

As I meet Franklin & Marshall parents during on-campus events and off-campus meetings and gatherings, I am continually inspired by your loving support of your students, your interest in the College and your willingness to advocate for F&M in your local areas. We all thank you for sharing your students with us and for sharing your enthusiasm for Franklin & Marshall with friends, colleagues and neighbors.

All the best,

Maura Condon Umble '83
Director of Parent Relations

Inauguration WeekendInauguration Weekend Recap

In one of the largest and most festive celebrations in Franklin & Marshall history, more than 3,100 alumni, parents and friends of the College joined members of the campus community Sept. 22-25 for Inauguration Weekend. The special weekend included the time-honored traditions of Homecoming & Family Weekend and culminated with the inauguration of Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., as F&M’s 15th president on Manning Alumni Green. A short video is available, with more details on the Inauguration website.

If you have not responded to the recent questionnaire that was distributed by email, please take a few minutes to do so now.

Beth Glenn Throne, Esq., '95Appointment of Associate Vice President for Student and Post-Graduate Development

In early September, President Porterfield announced the appointment of Beth Glenn Throne, Esq., ’95, as associate vice president for Student and Post-Graduate Development. In this newly created role, Beth will be evaluating and implementing programs, resources and tools that will help F&M students launch into their lives following graduation and will continue to be a source of support during their post-graduation years. Beth oversees the Office of Career Services and collaborates with the Office of the Provost, faculty, dons and prefects, academic advisers and administrative offices, such as College Advancement and Admission.

Before returning to F&M three weeks ago, Beth practiced law with Fox Rothschild LLP. Prior to that, Beth worked for several years with Randstad, an international staffing firm. We are excited to welcome Beth back to the Franklin & Marshall community.

Conversation with President PorterfieldMark Your Calendar for A Conversation with President Porterfield

We are eager for F&M parents to meet President Porterfield on his visits to some of the College’s regional chapters. Please plan to attend a reception in your area and stay tuned for more dates and locations to be announced in coming months. For more information, call 866-925-5500.

Upcoming Breaks and DatesUpcoming Breaks and Dates

A reminder that Thanksgiving Break begins after classes end on Tuesday, November 22. Classes resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 28. Fall semester classes end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9, with final examinations running through Sunday, December 18. The spring semester begins on Tuesday, January 17, with College Houses and Theme Houses opening at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 15. The academic calendar for the 2012 - 2013 academic year is available here.

Final Exam ScheduleFall Semester Final Exam Schedule

Wondering when your student will finish final exams and head home for winter break? The exam schedule has been released and can be viewed here. Final exam policies are also posted on this site.

The Polaris Science CenterScience and Math Tutoring

The Polaris Science Center is a student-run tutoring group for first-year and sophomore-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. If your student would benefit from additional support in these classes, encourage him or her to seek out the Polaris tutors on the second floor of Martin Library of the Sciences.

Regional PhonathonsRegional Phonathons

Parents often ask how they can help the College in a meaningful way. Our regional phonathons provide an opportunity to team up with fellow parents and alumni in your area for an evening (6 - 9 p.m., including a bit of training and a casual dinner) of calls in support of the Franklin & Marshall Fund -- a terrific way to make a difference for the College and our students. Please consider participating! Please let us know if you would like to help out at any of the following events (Subject line: Phonathon volunteer):

  • Philadelphia: Tuesday, October 21: Mcgowan, Spinelli & Hanna, LLP, Two Liberty Place, Suite 1900, Philadelphia, PA; RSVP to
  • New York: Wednesday, October 26: Orsid Realty Corp, 1740 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY; RSVP to
  • Washington, DC: Wednesday, October 26: Sughrue Mion, PLLC, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC.; RSVP to
  • Lancaster: Thursday, November 10: Phonathon Room at the F&M College Advancement Office, 2nd Floor, College Square; RSVP to

Support the Dips!Support the Dips!

F&M athletes and coaches appreciate the support of parents, grandparents and friends through the Diplomat Athletic Club (DAC). DAC was established by the Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Offices of Annual Giving and Alumni Programs to enhance the relationship among the College's athletic programs and its alumni, parents and friends. DAC is also charged with increasing the level of financial support for the College's athletic programs.

When you join DAC online, you can direct your contribution to a specific sport, split your gift among several programs or give to the DAC General Enhancement Fund, which supports all F&M sports. Just indicate on the giving website your wishes in the "special instructions" box after selecting Diplomat Athletic Club as your designation. The entire amount of your gift will go to the sport(s) you select. The fund year runs from July 1 to June 30. Our Diplomats thank you!

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Upcoming Events

October 23, 2011
Join Franklin & Marshall at the Head of the Charles Regatta
Boston, Mass.

October 26, 2011
Washington DC Regional Phonathon
Washington, D.C.

October 26, 2011
New York Regional Phonathon
New York, N.Y.

October 28, 2011
A Toast to the Class of 2011
Philadelphia, Pa.

November 2, 2011
A Conversation with President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.
Washington, D.C.

November 6, 2011
Jane Eyre, Brunch and Baldwin's Book Barn
West Chester, Pa.

November 9, 2011
A Conversation with President Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

November 13, 2011
A Christmas Story, The Musical!
with Private Reception and Cast Meet & Greet
Hershey, Pa.